County officials release name of MV murder victim

After three months of searching in vain for family members of a transient man murdered in downtown Mountain View, Santa Clara County officials last week released his name to the public: Jose Ospina Jaramillo.

Marin County resident Jan Neal, 43, is accused of beating Jaramillo, 55, to death Nov. 4 in the Mountain View City Hall courtyard, located at 500 Castro St. Neal is charged with murder, resisting an officer and attempting to remove a firearm from an officer. His next court date is a plea hearing scheduled March 5.

Mountain View motor cop injured in traffic crash

Mountain View Police Department accident investigators are seeking witnesses to a traffic accident that resulted in the hospitalization of a motor officer earlier this week.

Firefighters beat down Los Altos blaze

Courtesy of Santa Clara County Fire Department A Creston Drive home sustained fire damage.

A house fire in south Los Altos last week displaced the occupant, but no one was injured in the blaze.

Twenty-five Santa Clara County Fire Department firefighters responded to the home, located on the 10000 block of Creston Drive, at 5:35 a.m. Jan. 31, according to a department press release. They could see smoke and flames emanating from the home and discovered the source in the living room, where the flames extended to the adjacent garage.

MVHS teacher awaiting plea date may not be receiving paycheck

The Mountain View High School teacher who pleaded not guilty earlier this month to one felony count of sending harmful material to a minor may no longer be receiving a paycheck.

When police arrested 48-year-old Evan Smith in November, the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District placed him on paid administrative leave for the duration of the investigation. Now that the math teacher’s plea date is scheduled, the Town Crier reached out to the district’s communications manager, Cynthia Greaves, to find out if it would change his pay status.

School’s board member accused of sex acts against students

Mountain View Police Department detectives have arrested a board member of a local afterschool organization after students accused him of inappropriately touching them.

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Yizhuang Liu

Detectives arrested Cupertino resident Yizhuang “John” Liu, 26, on Saturday (Feb. 3) in connection to crimes he allegedly committed at Sanyu Learning Center, an organization on Springer Road that offers Chinese-centered, after-school programming. He faces six counts of lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14, two counts of lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14 with force and one count of continuous sexual assault over a period longer than three months, according to police reports.

The parents of at least two afterschool participants have reported Liu to police since Friday. They said their sons told them Liu had touched them inappropriately over the course of several months.

Investigators believe there could be additional victims, and they are urging anyone with information to email Detective Marco Garcia at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Sgt. Chris Goff at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

In addition to serving on Sanyu’s board of directors, Liu volunteered at the organization, according to police reports. It is possible he communicated with victims through a gamer’s social media application known as “Discord.”

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Vehicle strikes teen cyclist in Hills accident

A 13-year-old cyclist is recovering from minor injuries he suffered after colliding with a vehicle Monday morning (Feb. 5) in Los Altos Hills.

Crash at Gardner Bullis
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A young cyclist suffered minor injuries following a collision with a vehicle in front of Gardner Bullis Elementary School on Jan. 5.

The incident took place at approximately 7:45 a.m. as the cyclist rode along a dirt trail that runs parallel with Fremont Road, according to reports from the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office. The teen was traveling in the direction of traffic in front of Gardner Bullis Elementary School when a woman pulled her vehicle out of a shared driveway on Fremont and struck him.

The teen was conscious and breathing after the accident, and he did not require an ambulance, Sheriff’s Captain Rich Urena said. Instead, the teen’s mother drove him to the hospital as a precaution.

It’s possible the driver could not see the cyclist due to a blind spot caused by a bank of hedges near the driveway, according to Sheriff’s Sgt. Leo Gonzalez, who added that no one was cited following the accident.

“This is one we’re going to have to talk about,” Gonzalez said when asked who might be considered at fault. “We’re going to have to look at the (accident) photos.”

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